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Love it! I do the same. No drinks, no food if no re-usable container. Great idea!

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Hi @Sleymrzy !  I never really thought about being sustainable until reading your post.  Upon reflection, it turns out that I appear to be doing a lot of small things, that, hopefully, add up.  I have a compost bin in my back yard that gets all my organic waste.  The resulting compost goes into my vegetable garden every spring.  I mulch my grass clippings and pruned tree limbs.  I recycle everything that is deemed recyclable, including returning plastic shopping bags that I occasionally use to the store's recycle bin designated for them. I donate the clothing I've outlived or outgrown to local charities.  Very little ends up in my trash can.

I shop on REI's "Used" site and Patagonia's "Worn Wear" sites.    I grocery shop as locally as I can; local beef, local eggs, local farmer's markets, local breweries and brewpubs. 🍻.  I avoid bottled water and carry a water bottle almost everywhere I go (except to the brewpubs 😁).

Good topic!  Thanks for bringing it up!

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At home outside, our yard has been transformed to native butterfly / bird friendly plants with only a very small part containing grass. Indoors, we mostly clean with vinegar and water, trying to stay away from chemical cleaners.   

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I'm trying to eliminate pesticides and fertilizers in my front and backyard.  Using a bat box in the trees to take care of mosquitoes.  Using bird feeders/bird baths to bring more birds back to the area.

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We've converted all light bulbs to LEDs. We're seeing a significant reduction in our power bill every month. LED prices have come down substantially these days. They're also now available in all bulb sizes and a wide range of color temperatures. There's no longer any reason not to switch.

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I made a couple of small shifts that are making an impact in my plastic recycling. First, I switched to tap water in a stainless container over individual plastic bottles. Cut my recycle in half with just that. Second, I bought a refillable coffee filter k-cup and use bulk coffee instead of the individual plastic cups. Saves 3 little cups per day. Little changes x many people = big results!

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Great idea, didn't know about these. We have a pod unit at work and this would be a great way to raise my coworkers conscientiousness on this subject. 

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We also do the things many others have mentioned; LED bulbs, composting, no single use water bottles, etc. 

Over the past couple of years we've converted our landscaping to native plants requiring much less irrigation. 

We live in a hilly area making cycling tough on our 70 year old and knees.  We recently added 2 e-bikes to the 'fleet' that we use mostly to do local errands; groceries, hardware store, and the like.  Our car sits idle for days at a time while we get more exercise.

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Not sure if this qualifies, since I've always considered it a perk and a convenience more so than being intentionally sustainable, but I work from home 2 days a week.  

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After reading through this thread (thanks for starting it, BTW), I realized there are a lot of little things that we've incorporated into our daily lives over several years that count: switching all our lightbulbs to LEDs, converting part of the backyard to a pollinator garden, carrying cloth shopping bags along whenever we get our groceries or do a Target run, shopping more often at the local farmers markets, using our water bottles when traveling, making my coffee at home and using a travel cup, composting all our yard waste for later use in the garden, buying fewer clothes in favor of using just a few really well-made pieces that will last. My husband and I also changed how we do Christmas gifts with each other: we've eschewed more useless stuff in favor of giving each other good books and experiences (like concerts or movies) as gifts. 

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